Nuggets asking the world for Carmelo, Nets pushing to make it happen

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Thumbnail image for carmelo_anthony_denver_nuggets.jpgThe Chicago Bulls talked with Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Joakim Noah be part of the deal. So it fell apart.

The New Jersey Nets talked to Denver, but the Nuggets demanded that Brook Lopez be part of the deal. So it fell apart.

Sensing a pattern here?

Denver is listening to offers for Carmelo but according to Chris Broussard of ESPN, teams think they are asking too much.

Sources say Denver has been a bit unrealistic in its trade demands and may want to go to Anthony’s reps with a “Hey-we-tried” story when camp begins. Denver has been trying to pawn off some of its bad contracts in any deal for Anthony.

Denver seems to want to make sure Anthony comes to camp — to make him have to deal with the questions and come off as the heavy. They can tell the

That and they want something approximating equal value back. Which sounds good on paper but something you never get when trading a superstar.

At some point Denver has to worry about is diminishing returns — as other teams GMs weary of the game and drop out, the offers might not be as good as what they have been. Toronto did that trying to trade Vince Carter back in the day.

The Nets are pushing hardest to find a way to make Denver happy, said Broussard. They made what seems the best offer — No. 3 pick Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Kris Humphries and a draft pick — but Denver wanted the untouchable Lopez.

So the Nets have started to look at three and four team deals. That’s more than the Knicks have done. Still, those are very hard to put together and fairly rare, however. Meaning, don’t bet on it.

At some point Denver and Carmelo’s team of advisors are going to have to play nice, or both will get screwed. Anthony would have to leave millions (maybe $10 million or more) on the table if he won’t sign an extension wherever he lands. The Nuggets could get nothing if Anthony leaves, setting the franchise well back.

If they work together they can each get a reasonably good outcome. But who knows if and when they will do that.

Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett out at least a week with right ankle sprain

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NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.

Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.

The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.

The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.

Heat: Justise Winslow out at least two more weeks

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat say Justise Winslow will miss at least two more weeks while recovering from a back injury.

Winslow has played only once since Dec. 4 and is slated to be out for at least the remainder of January. The team originally called Winslow’s injury a back strain, then updated the diagnosis to a bone bruise.

Winslow played off the bench in Miami’s win at Indiana on Jan. 8. The team said the back problems reappeared after that game. He has not played since.

Friday’s game in Oklahoma City is Miami’s 41st of the season and the 30th that Winslow has missed. He’s averaging 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Heat this season.

Kevin Huerter’s 3-pointer gives Hawks first win in San Antonio in his lifetime (video)

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The Hawks beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1997.

The next year, Kevin Huerter was born.

Atlanta’s next win in San Antonio came Friday, when Huerter hit the game-winning 3-pointer in a 121-120 win.

The Hawks’ losing streak in San Antonio spanned Tim Duncan’s entire lengthy career – and continued a few seasons beyond that. The only reprieve came during the lockout-shortened 1999 season, when Atlanta didn’t visit San Antonio. So, the skid lasted 21 games.

Buddy Hield on Kings getting booed at home: ‘That’s how Sacramento fans are’

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Buddy Hield is quite familiar with frustration amid the Kings’ disappointing season.

Sacramento fans showed theirs Wednesday, booing the Kings during their home loss to the Mavericks.

Buddy Hield, via James Ham of NBC Sports California:

“Everybody is frustrated, it’s not even them, we’re trying to figure it out too,” Buddy Hield said following the loss. “But it’s the home team and we get booed…we don’t agree with it, but they’re going to voice their opinion.

“I understand their frustration, but like I said, I’m going to keep shooting the ball,” Hield continued. “When I make a three they like me, when I don’t, they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are, man, so you’ve got to embrace it.”

Hield seemingly isn’t looking to pick a fight with fans. He made a point to empathize with their frustration.

But I don’t think he’s being fair, either.

Kings fans are far more loyal than swinging between love and hate depending whether or not a shot falls. They’re fed up after 13 – going on 14 – straight seasons missing the playoffs. This year has been particularly discouraging, as Sacramento has backtracked from fun and fast to sad and slow. Losing to Luka Doncica particular grievance – only adds to the irritation.

The Kings’ problems have spanned multiple owners, executives, coaches and players. So, booing this group isn’t totally fair, either. But this is who’s in front of the fans.

If this Sacramento team plays hard and together, fans will embrace it – and stick with it through thinner times.